Tata Motors unveils Bolt hatchback and Zest sedan


Tata Motors has unveiled two new cars, the Bolt hatchback and Zest compact sedan.

The two cars, which were referred to as Falcon 4 and Falcon 5 respectively, have been built on Tata’s X1 platform, which underpins the Vista and Manza. However, Tata has made substantial changes to the design of the cars to distinguish them from the older cars.

Looking at the Bolt, at the front there is a new grille, new headlamps and a new bumper. At the rear, the most noticeable change is the tail lights. Gone are the Christmas tree lights that have been seen on all Tata hatchbacks till now. Instead there is a smaller, more conventional pair of tail lamps. The C-pillars of the car have been blacked out. The body panels of the car have also been changed.

The Zest looks similar to the Bolt except at the rear. While the Bolt has a tailgate, the Zest gets a boot like a sedan. However, the car’s length is less than four metres, which helps it gain excise benefits. Additionally, the Zest is equipped with daytime running lights and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Tata Motors says the Bolt and Zest have been designed with inputs from design studios in Pune (India), Coventry (UK) and Turin (Italy).

On the inside, there is a new dashboard with the instrument cluster located behind the steering wheel instead of the centre of the dashboard. Both cars have been equipped with a Harman-developed audio system and Mapmyindia navigation system. There is a 5-inch multimedia screen with Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, smartphone integration, phone enabled navigation, social media integration and touch phone-controlled interface. Both, the Bolt and Zest feature driver aids like Electronic Power Steering with speed sensitivity and active return function and ABS.

Both, the Bolt and Zest will be powered by a 1.2-litre, turbocharged, Revotron petrol engine. Coming to the diesel engines, the Bolt gets a 1.3-litre, 75 PS motor with a manual gearbox, while the Zest  can be had with a 1.3-litre, 90 PS unit mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or an F-Tronic, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

The Bolt and Zest will be launched in the current calendar year in India as well as abroad.

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